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"Raise Hell! #1" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson


Written by Jordan Alsaqa
Illustrated by Ray Nadine
2020, 36 Pages


Victor, Miri, and Reeves are looking for some fun this summer. They don't want to be cooped up with a part-time job or some kind of camp. Instead, they decide to get a little risky and summon a demon. After picking up a manual from a mall kiosk, the phrase “You get what you pay for” comes true as they get runt of a demon named Alistair, who basically wants to hang out and be generally annoying.

Raise Hell! is a slice-of-life story with some interesting twists. It's set in an alternate world where people live side-by-side with demons. They're common place and part of society. This raises some questions as to why these three friends had to summon one to begin with, but you just kind of go with it. Writer Jordan Alsaqa presents such a fun atmosphere for this comic that you forgive these little hang-ups in the story.

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This is mostly attributable to the characters. They're teenagers and teenagers do some dopey things sometimes, however they're all heart. This trio is instantly relatable because we've all been through this phase of life. Parents don't understand you and you barely understand yourself, but you want to have fun. These three embrace everything they love completely. It becomes part of their personality and if that means summoning a demon, then by Hell or high water, they're going to summon a demon.

Ray Nadine's artwork matches up to that tone perfectly. This is especially true for Victor. He has this wide-eyed enthusiasm about this project, ska music, and life in general. He has this big grin that shows off his braces that I just love. While Victor, Reeves, and Miri are relatable, they're not stereotypes. They come across as wholly original characters.

The design for the demons are similarly unique. Alistair is this scrappy little demon clad in a t-shirt and cut-off jeans. He comes across more like an adorable pet than a monster. It's fitting given his personality. My only qualm with the artwork is that the characters can look a little awkward at times, however this lines up with the comedic tone of the story.

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Nadine's colors make Raise Hell! a welcoming book, despite its demonic undertones. Since the creatures from the underworld are walking among us, you'd think there would be more fire and brimstone. Instead, it's a bright, suburban environment. You might run into a demon on your way to the movies and think nothing of it.

Raise Hell! mixes teen comedy with a bit of satanism in a super fun way. Although this serves as a complete story, it also acts more like the pilot of an ongoing series. There are plans to revisit these characters and this world soon and I'm definitely looking forward to that. This shows the different directions horror can go. It's a very versatile genre and that shines through here.

The creators of Raise Hell! are currently running a Kickstarter campaign to fund the release of a second issue.


Story: fourstars Cover

Art: threeandahalfstars
Overall: 4 Star Rating

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About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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